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The Lenovo Yoga 13 is a Windows 8 ultrabook laptop/tablet hybrid.
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For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 specifications page.
|Name||Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13|
|Processor||3rd generation Intel Core i7-3537U
3rd generation Intel Core i7-3517U
3rd generation Intel Core i5-3317U
3rd generation Intel Core i3-3217U
|Screen||13.3” 1600×900 Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||Up to 256GB|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 4000|
Lenovo 802.11 bgn
|Screen||Partial||Touchscreen functions, but autorotation does not work, and brightness requires a workaround (see notes)|
|HDMI Out||Not Tested|
|Built-in Microphone||Not Tested|
|Headphone Jack||Not Tested|
|Microphone Jack||Not Tested|
|Wireless||No||A custom wireless driver can be compiled (see notes)|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|Suspend/Resume||Yes||Sometimes throws benign errors that can be ignored|
Wifi does not work out of the box. You can compile a custom driver from scratch. (Be advised that you will need to do this again any time you upgrade your kernel, so keep the source around for later.)
On a computer with internet access and a USB drive, go to https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8723au, download the master .ZIP, and drop it onto the USB drive.
On your Lenovo Yoga 13, insert the USB stick and unpack the .ZIP file to a folder somewhere in your home directory. Move into that folder and run the following:
make && sudo make install && sudo modprobe 8723au
Wifi should now function.
Brightness controls do not function out of the box. You can work around the issue by taking these steps:
* Edit the /etc/default/grub file
* Add “acpi_backlight=vendor” to your GRUB_DEFAULT command line, e.g. GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAUT=“quiet splash acpi_backlight=vendor”
* Run the sudo update-grub command
* Blacklist the ideapad_laptop by adding “blacklist ideapad_laptop” to the /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf file
Brightness controls should now function.
Dual-booting can be difficult to configure. Windows 8 is only compatible with UEFI; this means if you intend to dual-boot Windows 8 and Linux, you will need to find a Linux distro that is compatible with 64-bit UEFI. Depending on the distro, you may also have to disable Secure Boot.
Lenovo's UEFI/BIOS firmware implementation can sometimes have trouble recognizing partitions higher than six. This may lead the firmware to not recognize your Linux partition as bootable. To workaround, make sure the Linux partition is one of the first six.
Compatibility OOTB is mediocre. Most things will work fine, but requiring the compilation of a custom wifi driver and modifying GRUB_DEFAULT makes putting Linux on this laptop out of reach for most non-technical users.